The kid will probably get some kind of award from the DNC.
Andrew Spieles, a student at James Madison University, has confessed to re-registering 19 deceased Virginians to vote in the 2016 election.
The 20-year-old is deeply involved in local and state politics, calling himself “Lead Organizer” for HarrisonburgVOTES, a get-out-the-vote organization in the city of Harrisonburg. [Ed. note: It appears the HarrisonburgVOTES website has been taken down as of 12:25 p.m. EST.]
The 19 applications of deceased citizens were submitted by Spieles through an organization called HarrisonburgVOTES. According to the organization’s “About Us” page, HarrisonburgVOTES is a “non-partisan” voter registration organization in Harrisonburg, VA and the surrounding areas.
As the HarrisonburgVOTES webpage points out, the sole goal of the organization is to raise the number of registered voters in Harrisonburg to 25,000…though it’s unclear what percentage of that goal was intended to be filled by dead voters.
The sole goal of HarrisonburgVOTES is to increase the number of registered voters in Harrisonburg and the surrounding areas to increase and encourage civic engagement.
Harrisonburg has the lowest percentage of voting age population (VAP) registered to vote among Virginia localities. Very roughly, about 17,000 people are registered to vote and about 18,000 are voting age and not registered. The goal of HarrisonburgVOTES will be to overcome these issues and raise the number of registered voters to 25,000.
HarrisonburgVOTES was founded by Joseph Fitzgerald who, “shockingly”, is also a prominent democrat in Harrisonburg. Fitzgerald is currently Chairman of the Sixth Congressional District Democratic Committee in Virginia and the former Mayor of Harrisonburg.
Fitzgerald told reporters, of course, that his organization had no knowledge of Spieles’s actions and fired him immediately after his confession.
“He’s smart, and he understands the [political] process,” Fitzgerald told the Daily News-Record of Spieles.“Who the hell knows what his motivations were?”
While we agree it’s difficult to be 100% sure about anyone’s motivations, we would be willing to put money on it having something to do with registering a bunch of dead people and then having them all vote for Hillary in November….just a hunch.
A “non-partisan” voter registration organization run by Democratic activists. Uh-huh. Why do I suspect that any Republicans who might register to vote through the organization would find their paperwork “misplaced”?
There is a missing piece here that suggests something a little bit more than a lone college kid playing eager beaver by registering dead people. How were those 19 people supposed to actually vote? Absentee ballots would be one way. The fraud would be harder to detect than if someone impersonating a dead person walked into a polling place and tried to cast a ballot.
But 19 fraudulent voters would hardly swing an election. That’s why I suspect there may be an organized effort in Harrisonburg and elsewhere in Virginia to deliver thousands of fraudulent votes. Otherwise, the actions of young Mr. Spieles make little sense.
A “smart” young man who “understands the political process”? At least, the way the game is played in Virginia.